Top Ten

September 16, 2021

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada invests $2.5M in eight bowel disease research projects

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada has awarded $2.5M to researchers at institutions across Canada who are investigating bowel disease. The grants, which are provided by the Grants-in-Aid of Research Competition, will fund eight projects focused on cures for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis or improving quality of life for patients. Postsecondary institutions receiving funding include the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, and the Université Laval. “These eight projects will lead us to new scientific insights about the triggers of these complex diseases and how to evolve treatments and patient care, which is critical as every person living with Crohn’s or colitis has their own unique needs,” said President of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Lori Radke. Globe Newswire (National)

Nunavut Arctic College, NV, MITC partner to strengthen Inuktut teacher training

Nunavut Arctic College and the Government of Nunavut have partnered with the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (MITC) to strengthen Inuktut teacher training. The $12.4M partnership will provide additional investments in around 170 students and expand the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) into more Nunavut communities. It will also support NTEP Bachelor of Education curriculum development, including the Uqariuqsatittijiit Language Specialist Diploma, and enhance recruitment and retention of students through wrap-around supports. “The Government of Nunavut is committed to working towards a bilingual education system in Nunavut,” said NV Minister and Makigiaqta Board Member David Joanasie. “This is a milestone that is a direct result of the various levels of representation taking action on their commitment to strengthen learning in Inuktut.” Nation Talk (NV)

WLU, Boast.AI partner to help growth-stage technology companies scale, grow operations faster

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Institute and Boast.AI have partnered to help growth-stage technology companies grow and scale their operations faster. Through the partnership, the Lazaridis Institute’s annual cohort of growth-stage companies will gain access to Boast.AI’s tax incentive technology and non-profit community connections. “Our program agenda and expert mentorship, combined with Boast.AI’s expertise in tax incentives and their Traction community, bring terrific benefits to ScaleUp companies and alumni, helping them grow faster and operate more effectively,” said Kim Morouney, managing director of the Lazaridis Institute. WLU | Yahoo (ON)

Students need special support as they begin participating in campus life: Opinion

The “Covid Generation” needs special looking out for as they begin to participate in life on campus for the first time, writes George Bass. Bass, who works as a security guard at a UK university, offers tips for academics who may act as an “early warning system” for the staff caring for students during the night. Bass says that academics should not jump to conclusions, but encourages them to report missing students if they suspect foul play and to be considerate in addressing suspected issues relating to alcohol, boundaries, social difficulties, and other troubles. Finally, Bass encourages academics to be good examples of COVID-19 safety. Times Higher Ed (Editorial)

Lakeland opens new Agriculture Technology Centre

Lakeland College has officially opened its new Agriculture Technology Centre. The 743-square-metre facility is located at Lakeland’s Vermilion Campus, and features a technology hub, combined lab and classroom space, and an area that can be used for demonstrations and training with large farm equipment. The new space will be used for Lakeland’s new bachelor of agriculture technology program as well as research activities. “Opening this facility represents a new milestone for Lakeland as we continue our work to provide students with opportunities to learn in real-life scenarios using transformative technologies,” said Lakeland dean of agriculture technology and applied research Josie Van Lent. “This space will be a catalyst for learning and research that will help support our province’s economy while enhancing regional productivity and sustainability.” Lakeland | My Lloydminster Now (AB)

SLC announces renaming, rebranding of Indigenous Student Centres

St Lawrence College has announced the renaming and rebranding of the Indigenous Student Centres at its Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall campuses. The centres have been renamed the Waasaabiidaasamose (Whah-sah Bid–eh–so–may) Indigenous Centre in honour of Knowledge Keeper Helena Neveu, who has become a full-time Knowledge Keeper In-Residence at SLC. Neveu will promote health and well-being at the centre, as well as work on increasing awareness of Indigenous history, traditions, and culture. “I have an inexhaustible desire to help students strive for their personal excellence through Indigenous education and land-based training,” said Neveu. “Chi Miigwitch, St Lawrence College, for this incredible gift.” The Whig | SLC (ON)

Preparing to find an academic job in a changing job market: Opinion

The academic job market has changed over the last year, write Brian J Rybarczyk and Meredith Jeffers, and those who are looking for jobs should prepare for the job search process as if it is a research endeavor. The authors provide key insights on today’s job search environment, including that experience with online teaching is a lower priority for employers, while diversity is a higher priority. Rybarczyk and Jeffers advise applicants to prepare a thoughtful CV and cover letter, to create research statements that highlight their future vision, and to write teaching statements that demonstrate how they will interact with students. “The goal is to communicate your value, expertise and skills that will make you the ideal candidate,” conclude the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

HEC signs international partnerships to offer Essentials of MBA program abroad

HEC Montréal has announced that it has signed new international partnerships to offer its Essentials of MBA program to clientele based abroad. Partners include Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Compagnie de bauxites de Guinée, Fondation Africaine pour l'Éducation, MDI-Algiers Business School, Mediterranean School of Business (MSB), and Société Nationale de Distribution des Pétroles – AGIL. The course is designed to accommodate the needs of students who are already employed. Students can choose to complete the program through the online format, which offers a condensed training program over 90 course hours, or the regular in-person format offered in each HEC partner’s country, which consists of 150 course hours completed over 8 to 10 months. HEC (QC)

Addressing the broken job track for humanities PhDs: Opinion

The lack of full-time, tenure-track jobs for humanities PhD is difficult to fix, writes Steven Mintz, who says that most of the burden of finding academic or alt-ac jobs falls on the student. The author encourages departments to address the issue by familiarizing students with job options both inside and outside of the academy, encouraging students to take internships, and integrating professional development throughout the graduate school experience. Mintz also encourages departments to allow students to prepare for a broader range of jobs by introducing more flexible program requirements and building bridges with potential employers. Finally, the author encourages faculty to push back against increased student-faculty ratios, as this increase has led to fewer faculty positions for PhD graduates. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Northlands to establish Elders advisory council

Northlands College has announced that it will be establishing an Elders advisory council with the aim of reinforcing Northlands’ vision, missions, and outcomes. The council will consist of four members who will represent the Far North, northwest, northeast, and central locations and will provide guidance on understanding the people Northlands serves. Another aim of the council is to contribute to Indigenous initiatives and understandings of Indigenous culture, traditions, language, and protocols. “As part of our commitment to reconciliation, today we are honoured to unveil another action that reaffirms that commitment,” said Northlands CEO Guy Penney. La Ronge Now (SK)